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Hundreds evacuated from New Zealand's Christchurch over wildfires threat (VIDEO)

Hundreds evacuated from New Zealand's Christchurch over wildfires threat (VIDEO)Hundreds of people in the New Zealand city of Christchurch were evacuated from their homes Wednesday as wildfires threatened some suburbs.

This is reported by Associated Press.

At least one home was burned down in the Port Hills.

The mayors of Christchurch City and the adjacent Selwyn District declared a state of emergency. Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton said changing winds had made the fires unpredictable.

He said the region had been unusually dry for the past three years and that the grass in the hills had turned brown over the Southern Hemisphere summer.

Smoke and ash were being blown across Christchurch, New Zealand's second-largest city. Broughton said displaced residents were staying in evacuation centres or with relatives.

New Zealand's military has been deployed to provide water tankers and engineering equipment as well as firefighters and other personnel.

A helicopter pilot died in a crash Tuesday while fighting the blaze.
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